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ne might call the darkness inside the Totem tent “primeval.” By the time the Cirque du Soleil show begins, the audience finds it has been transported back in time to witness the evolution of mankind, from amphibian state to man’s desire for flight. TOTEM, written and directed by Canadian Robert Lepage, is coming to Columbus Aug. 22 through Sept. 15. It’s Cirque’s first big top production here since Corteo swung by in 2007. The show draws on mythology from all over the world in its representation, focusing on natural imagery. A large turtle shell is one of the main set pieces. “(In mythology) the earth is often represented as a turtle,” says Francis Olli Torkkel Jalbert, TOTEM publicist. TOTEM, more than any other Cirque show, uses digital projections to set its scenes – from an Icelandic waterfall to swamps to volcanoes. “The audience is moving from surprise to surprise,” Jalbert says. “We’re always in a completely different environment. You’re traveling around the world without leaving your seat.” The very creation of TOTEM was an evolutionary process for rings acrobat Olli Torkkel. The Helsinki, Finland native, a gymnastics coach and competitive gymnast, was discovered by a Cirque scout at a 2009 European gymnastics championship. 6

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“I said, ‘I’m really interested in joining Cirque one day,’” Torkkel says. “Luckily, (the scout) contacted me a month after that they had a role that fits me well, that I would be the right profile with the right skills.” Torkkel joined two other rings artists to form the Rings Trio. Together, they spent eight months creating and perfecting their act. “Everything was new for me. Coming from gymnastics to the performing world was a big change,” Torkkel says. Acting and ballet classes were part of his transformation from gymnast to Cirque cast member. Because performers’ skills are so integral to the shows, each individual’s particular talents are analyzed during the creation phase; performers frequently create brand new tricks that are first seen in the Grand Chapiteau, the large tent in which each bigtop Cirque production is performed. The Rings Trio’s act is performed on swinging rings. A powerful winch pulls the acrobats higher. The three soar 30 feet above the audience, performing an aerial act that Torkkel describes as “hiphop style.” The other two members of the trio already knew each other and had been in other shows before, so Torkkel had to hurry to catch up. “For me, it was challenging. I felt honored to be in such an experienced group of

people, but … it was completely new and it gave me pressure to learn fast,” he says. The three would practice their routines over and over, reviewing video of themselves each night in slow motion, watching for weak points as football players would study game film. “We made the act tighter and tighter. If there were slow moments, we were able to fill them or make them faster and shorter,” Torkkel says. “That same kind of creation is still going, but not on as big a scale. We still try to fix every single detail of our act.” Timing is an important aspect. Torkkel and his partners must perform their parts

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olution? in sync without watching each other; without focus, the act becomes dangerous, especially given the fact that they perform nine or 10 shows a week. “You cannot see each other. You have to feel each other,” Torkkel says. “There is music to help us with timing. We follow the music, we follow the automation of the winch and we follow each other.” In addition to the rings, part of a beachthemed segment of TOTEM, Torkkel also plays a caveman during the Evolution Walk. “That’s the other fun part for me, having the freedom of creating the other kind of character,” Torkkel says. “We are free to give our ideas and be creative with the development of the character. The director says what he likes of the themes that we propose and think would be funny, and he guides us in a specific direction.” And those details include make-up, which performers including Torkkel must apply themselves. Coming from the world of sports, it was strange to him at first, but he’s learned to embrace it. “In the beginning, it didn’t feel like the most normal, natural thing … but you learn to enjoy and to take advantage of your costume and make-up to give a better performance,” he says. Including crew and family members, TOTEM totes along 165 people on its tour. Over the last four years, the cast of 46 performers from 15 different countries has become very close. “I learned so much about performing and now, after four years, we work really well together … as friends and as a small family supporting each other,” Torkkel

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New Steps

Choreographer is on the job as BalletMet’s new artistic director By Hayley Ross


dwaard Liang came to Columbus with some big, red shoes to fill, and a month into the job, he’s already putting plans in place to do just that. Liang started July 1 as the new artistic director for BalletMet. He is the fifth artistic director in the company’s history, taking over for Gerard Charles, who left last summer after 11 years as BalletMet’s red-boots-wearing artistic director. Before beginning his career in choreography, Liang danced with the New York City Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater, and was a member of the 2001 Tony Award-winning Broadway cast of Fosse. As a choreographer, Liang has created original works for the Bolshoi Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Kirov Ballet, New York City Ballet,


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Pacific Northwest Ballet, Shanghai Ballet, Singapore Dance Theatre and many more. The position of artistic director will be a shift from Liang’s past jobs moving from company to company and choreographing for short periods of time. “I am excited to be part of the community and feel like I belong somewhere, instead of a consultant moving from place to place without getting to see the fruits of my labor,” says Liang. In his first season with BalletMet, Liang will be bringing a mix of classical and contemporary works to the company’s repertoire, including a piece he choreographed himself. Wunderland, a contemporary ballet by Liang that premiered in 2009, is scheduled to be part of BalletMet’s Symphony in C show in March. The versatility of the dancers in the company will allow them to take on new and challenging choreography and adapt to new choreographers, Liang says. He looks forward to coaching them and furthering their careers as artists. In 2012, Liang created his first fulllength ballet, his take on Romeo and Juliet, for the Tulsa Ballet. He plans to continue creating full-length works for BalletMet. “BalletMet has its own set design shop, which is really rare,” he says. “It has the ability to foster new creations at full lengths.” Collaborations with organizations in Columbus are also part of Liang’s plans. He wants to work with groups such as the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Wexner Center for the Arts, The Ohio State University, Shadowbox Live and the Jazz Arts Group, all of which the company has worked with in the past. “I want to bring work to Columbus that the community hasn’t seen before,” says Liang.

Other performances on the 2013-14 calendar include a collaboration with the Cincinnati Ballet on Swan Lake; The Four Seasons: An Evening with James Kudelka, featuring the work of the man who served as artistic consultant for BalletMet between Charles’ departure and Liang’s debut; and perpetual favorites The Nutcracker and Alice in Wonderland. cs Hayley Ross is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

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The health benefits of walking he heat of summer may not encourage you to spend time outside, but are numerous. A study in 2013 don’t let it lead you to an inactive from the Unit of Metabolic Disand sedentary lifestyle, which could be eases and Clinical Dietetics at the University of Bologna, Italy very dangerous to your health. There is a strong association between sed- shows that brisk walking has a entary regimens and poor cardiometabolic substantial effect on the prevenhealth, according to a study conducted in tion and even treatment of many 2013 at the Department of Cardiovascular harmful metabolic diseases. Another 2013 study, this one Sciences at United Kingdom-based Leicester General Hospital. Depleted cardiomet- from Hospital de Clínicas de abolic health can lead to obesity, diabetes Porto Alegre in Brazil, found a significant correlation in middleand other metabolic syndromes. Dr. Martha Gulati, director of preven- aged women who incorporated tive cardiology and women’s cardiovascu- a moderate level of walking lar health at The Ohio State University (greater than 6,000 steps) and a Wexner Medical Center, attributes this decreased risk of cardiovascular prevalence of these problems to two things: disease and diabetes. Due to its low impact, walking North American diet and low activity. “Activity levels among many adults and is easier and safer on joints than kids are very low,” Gulati says. “Very few running, making it a more manageable people are meeting the daily activity require- way to live a fit lifestyle for many women. ments, while portion sizes have risen expo- And while running may seem more taxing, walking retains similar health benefits. nentially throughout the years.” In a study completed at the In fact, only 16 percent of women Lawrence Berkeley National meet the recommended level of New Albany Laboratory in California, walkdaily activity, she says. For her Walking Classic ing and running led to similar own patients at risk of or sufSept. 8, 8 a.m. risk reductions for hypertenfering from metabolic diseases, Market Square, sion,.hypercholesterolemia she gives them two simple tips: New Albany and diabetes mellitus. SpecifiMove more and eat less. cally, walking decreased the risk And when it comes to movof diabetes mellitus by 12.3 percent. ing, Gulati recommends starting Gulati adds that people who work out, small with a simple walking regimen. “We usually recommend people get 30 even a little bit, sleep better. The health benefits, safety and accessibility minutes a day of moderately intense exercise, but we really just want people to of walking are some of the reasons why Phil get out there, start small. Just do some- Heit, president of the New Albany Walking Club and professor emeritus of physical activthing,” she says. 10 cityscene • August 2013

ity and educational services at OSU, created the New Albany Walking Classic. The Walking Classic, designed to encourage people to adopt healthy lifestyles, has grown exponentially since its creation in 2005, was voted Walk Magazine’s “Best Walking Event” in 2008 and is America’s largest walking-only race. This year’s event is slated for Sept. 8. For registration information, visit www. In the months leading up to the event, many women join the Walking Club in order to train and prepare. The club meets every Sunday at 7:30 a.m. Membership is $35 and it comes with T-shirts, health seminars and much more. And the New Albany Walking Club isn’t the only walking group in town. The

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What’s in a Game? Unorthodox meats spice up restaurant menus By Garth Bishop


ome meats are on every menu: chicken, pork, beef, fish. Because fewer restaurants offer unusual meats, and customers may be less comfortable with them, the average diner may not be familiar with the options. But in the hands of a skilled chef, anything from quail and rabbit to yak and alligator can be a tasty treat. What have central Ohio restaurateurs added to their menus in a moment of creative inspiration? How about …


The menu at northwest Columbus’ The Refectory changes with the seasons, but one item that tends to stay is the Alpaca and Boudin Noir Terrine. “When we put that alpaca on the table, people really respond to it,” says chef Richard Blondin. The terrine is served with pistachios, black olives, cranberries, apple cider vinaigrette and griottine cherries. Other interesting meats on the Refectory’s award-winning menu include quail, rabbit, frog legs and escargot, as well as a fish not often seen on restaurant menus: sturgeon. Blondin jumped at the chance to add sturgeon, wanting to offer something beyond the typical fish choices of walleye, salmon and so on. “It’s going to be marinated and grilled, and I’m going to serve it with a veal ravioli and a little broccoli crème brulee,” says Blondin.

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The turtle soup at the Old Mohawk is an institution in Columbus. After all, it’s been on the menu since the restaurant opened in 1933. “We have people who come in just for that,” says Todd Weaver, the restaurant’s assistant general manager. The Old Mohawk gets its turtle from Michael’s Finer Meats & Seafoods in the Hilliard area and boils it, saving all the water, before draining off the turtle once it’s cooked. The water is then mixed with the restaurant’s seasoning – which includes pickling spice, sherry, salt and pepper – and with mixed vegetables and tomato juice before the turtle meat is added back in. Weaver compares the taste to that of Manhattan clam chowder, albeit more gamey and less fishy, but he specifies that the taste and consistency of turtle can vary; a single turtle has five to seven different kinds of meat in it. “Depending on which muscle region you get, it tastes anywhere from white meat, like chicken or pork, to dark meat such as duck, and everything in between,” Weaver says.


Uniqueness is the name of the game at De-Novo Bistro & Bar in downtown Columbus, and when a unique meat was needed for the menu, executive chef Magellan Moore happened to find a vendor that carried kangaroo.


The most eyebrow-raising items on the menu of Worthington-area Wurst und Bier have been its two types of exotic sausage. One of these is alligator, which server Stephen Boaz says has a very specific taste of its own, though it’s somewhat similar to chicken. Those who’ve been brave enough to try it are usually pleased. “When you bite into an alligator, you know you did,” Boaz says. The other exotic sausage on the Wurst und Bier menu is a combination of rabbit and rattlesnake. Like all the restaurant’s other sausages, it is grilled on an open fire and served with a choice of traditional German toppings such as sauerkraut and sweet peppers. “With the rattlesnake, people are often really surprised at how mild and smooth the taste and texture are,” says Boaz.

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{cuisine} “We wanted to give people another reason, on top of the wonderful décor and ambience we have, to drive into Downtown and experience this restaurant,” Moore says. Moore describes kangaroo meat as gamey and delicious, with a deep red flesh. The restaurant serves it au poivre style – it’s rolled in crushed black peppercorns, seared medium rare and served with a brandy gastrique. Though it sometimes gives customers pause, the restaurant’s kangaroo dish has proved popular among the adventurous set. “It’s that item that people like to roll the dice on,” says Moore.


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Shadowbox Live presents Nightmare on Front Street Sept. 12-Nov. 16 Shadowbox Live Popular horror movies will be lovingly skewered by Shadowbox’s Halloween-themed fall production, with music following the same themes. “Naturally, we mostly abuse the memory of these (horror movie) characters,” says Shadowbox Executive Producer & CEO Stev Guyer. And speaking of “lovingly skewered,” Shadowbox will also be staging its own version of Spamalot, a musical loosely based on beloved medieval parody Monty Python and the Holy Grail, starting in September.

Funny Bone presents Bert Kreischer Sept. 27-29 Columbus Funny Bone Comedian Kreischer has been making stops in Columbus for the last five or six years, and he’s bringing his popular show to the Funny Bone once again. Though Kreischer is known for his TV appearances, including as the star of the Travel Channel’s Bert the Conqueror, Funny Bone General Manager Dave Stroupe cautions that his hilarious show is for mature audiences only. “You can’t really take the TV character and put him in a comedy club,” Stroupe says.

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CATCO presents Fully Committed Nov. 6-24 Studio Two Theatre, Riffe Center This one-man comedy is quite an undertaking for the one man – he plays 42 different characters, 41 of them trying to get a table at Manhattan’s hottest spot. “It’s about a reservation clerk at a five-star restaurant, and he plays not just the clerk, but all the people who call in to try to make a reservation with him,” says CATCO Producing Director Steven Anderson. The company’s December show seems like an old standard – it’s A Christmas Carol – but it’s a heavily revamped version of the holiday classic featuring a small cast, a cappella musical numbers, even some mask and puppet work.

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BalletMet presents Swan Lake Oct. 18-20 Ohio Theatre The classical ballet that inspired 2010 hit movie Black Swan is back on BalletMet’s schedule after a four-year layoff, once again combining the company’s roster with that of the Cincinnati Ballet for a major collaboration. “In collaboration with the Cincinnati Ballet, you have all of the dancers that the traditional Swan Lake requires,” says BalletMet Executive Director Cheri Mitchell. Also on the company’s 2013-14 agenda is The Four Seasons: An Evening with James Kudelka, a collection of contemporary works by choreographer and frequent BalletMet collaborator Kudelka, in November.

McConnell Center presents Ladies of Longford Nov. 21 McConnell Arts Center All-woman Celtic band the Ladies of Longford has developed quite a following in central Ohio – its members hail from here – and the McConnell Center is bringing it in for the first time. The group’s Celtic tunes are diverse, and the small size of the venue means patrons will be able to get close to the stage and converse with the musicians afterward. “They run the Celtic gamut, as well as (put) a contemporary spin on some classic Gaelic stuff,” says Jon Cook, executive director of the McConnell.

rom music and dance to opera and comedy, there are always more than enough options for entertainment in central Ohio. As local performing arts groups prepare to kick off their 201314 seasons – or, for those with year-round calendars, continue their ongoing seasons – CityScene is taking a look at some of the notable shows on the schedule. cityscene • August 2013 17

Coy Center will allow fans a new opportunity: to see the hugely successful band in a small, intimate venue. This is the band’s first gig at the center, but CAPA – which oversees operations for the McCoy – has brought it in before and been met with nothing but success. “No matter where you sit in that venue, you know it’s going to be a great seat,” says Corsi.

Opera Columbus presents Madama Butterfly Nov. 22-24 Southern Theatre This season, Opera Columbus kicks off a new partnership with The Ohio State University, bringing in students for small roles and chorus parts through a collaborative opera class. The partnership will allow the company to use more local actors for its shows; in addition to the students, Madama Butterfly also features local performers in the roles of Sharpless and Suzuki. “Part of our mission statement is to support emerging talent. … They’ve earned it – there are some really good students,” says Peggy Kriha Dye, general manager of Opera Columbus. CAPA presents The Irish Tenors Dec. 9 Palace Theatre Vocal trio The Irish Tenors is known for its performances of popular Irish classics such as “Danny Boy.” CAPA managed to score the last opening on the group’s holiday tour. “They’re going to be singing a lot of holiday songs … and I’m sure they’ll throw some Irish classics in,” says Rich Corsi, director of programming for CAPA. ProMusica presents A Classical Holiday Dec. 14-15 Pontifical College Josephinum/ Southern Theatre Instead of the Christmas songs that are all over the radio in December, ProMu18 cityscene • August 2013

sica’s holiday show, led by guest conductor Leo McFall, will feature works by such composers as Mozart and Haydn that evoke the seasonal spirit. It will also feature huLeo McFall mor in the form of Thurber’s Dogs, an animated sequence by Peter Schickele. “(Patrons) like familiarity and music that is really uplifting to kick off the holiday season,” says ProMusica Executive Director Janet Chen. Broadway Across America presents We Will Rock You Jan. 7-12 Palace Theatre Though it’s been a big hit in the United Kingdom for 11 years, this jukebox musical featuring the songs of Queen is making Columbus one of its first U.S. stops. “It’s 24 of Queen’s biggest songs, so you’ll know the music for sure,” says Erin Senften, marketing manager for Broadway in Columbus. Other new touring shows on this season’s schedule include Flashdance – The Musical in December and The Book of Stayin’ Alive Mormon in May.

Columbus Symphony Orchestra presents Stayin’ Alive Jan. 18 Ohio Theatre After the rousing success of last year’s Beatles tribute The Fab Four, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra is bringing in Bee Gees tribute Stayin’ Alive as part of its Pops line-up. As iconic as the Bee Gees’ music is, putting the full symphony behind it creates an entirely new experience, says Corsi; CAPA also oversees operations for the symphony. “It’s a whole new world for the artist,” Corsi says.

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Columbus Jazz Orchestra presents Don’t You Forget About Me: Molly Ringwald Sings the Great American Songbook Feb. 6-9 Southern Theatre Though best known for her roles in such 1980s movies as Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club, Molly Ringwald has been a jazz fan her whole life and has turned music into her new career. Her collaboration with the orchestra will feature such American standards as “I Get Along Without You Very Well” and “The Very Thought of You,” as well as a jazzed-up version of Breakfast Club theme “Don’t You (Forget About Me).” “What I like about Molly is that there’s an authenticity and a realness in what I’ve heard her sing. … To her, (jazz music), is almost like coming back home,” says orchestra Artistic Director Byron Stripling.

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New Albany Symphony Orchestra presents Let’s Go to the Movies Feb. 9 Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts Recognizable tunes from major motion pictures – from Superman and The Wizard of Oz to The Lord of the Rings and Transformers – are on the playbill for the orchestra’s salute to the silver screen. In addition to movie themes, the show also features classical works that figure prominently into movies, such as a tune from The Marriage of Figaro. “That’s in a very famous scene in The Shawshank Redemption, and people would recognize that piece as something they’ve heard time and time again, but they wouldn’t know what it is and that it’s written by Mozart,” says orchestra Executive Director Heather Garner.

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Spots along Lake Erie are perfect for the sport-fishing enthusiast

Go Fish By Matthew Kent


ummer may be more than halfway over, but worry not – if you’ve got the time, there’s still plenty of fishing left to do. And if you’re looking to cast your line right here in Ohio, there are a multitude of points along Lake Erie that offer opportunities. Sport fishing enjoys a great deal of popularity up around the lake, both for fishing enthusiasts and for families looking for a weekend getaway.

The areas of Port Clinton (top) and Marblehead are known for their high-quality freshwater sport fishing.

Port Clinton Many people consider the western basin of Lake Erie, Marblehead and the Lake Erie Islands to be some of the best freshwater sport fishing in the country, says Larry Fletcher, executive director of the Lake Erie Shores & Islands visitors’ bureau in Port Clinton.

“We’re known down here as the Walleye Capital of the World,” says Fletcher. Fishing is a big part of the economy in the area, drawing thousands of people for a New Year’s Eve tradition known as the Walleye Drop. It’s exactly what you think it is: A 600-pound fiberglass walleye is suspended from a crane and lowered like cityscene • August 2013 21

the ball in Times Square when the clock nears midnight. But there are plenty of reasons to visit in warmer weather, Fletcher says. “In terms of sport fishing, there are hundreds of charter captains who operate on Lake Erie, and a large percentage of them operate out of the western basin,” he says. Private charters that can carry as many as six people are spread out across marinas, while other companies operate head boats with maximum capacities of 30 for which people pay individually to spend a day seeking walleye or yellow perch, another Lake Erie staple. A number of fishing piers operated by state parks and the city of Port Clinton are available on the coastline as well. Walleye and perch fishing are yearround activities in the area. The daily catch limit for perch is 30, while the daily walleye catch limit is six, except in March and April, when it is four. Fletcher encourages everyone to periodically check the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife website,, to keep up-todate on regulations before heading out for a fishing trip. Though Lake Erie is the shallowest of the Great Lakes, it has the most fish in it and the area sets itself apart from others, Fletcher says.

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Photos courtesy of the Ashtabula County Convention & Visitors Bureau.


Steelhead trout (right) are among the best-known fish in the Ashtabula area, and the steelhead fishing industry is important to the region.

“It’s the quality of the fishing and the quantity of the fish,” he says. “People come from all over the Midwest to fish for walleye here. They come from other states that have walleye fishing, but they come here because they know it’s going to be better.” Ashtabula On the eastern end of Ohio’s Lake Erie shore is Ashtabula, which also offers a number of sport fishing locations with nine marinas available for the public to use. More than 50 charter captains are on the lake each day during the spring, summer and fall months in pursuit of walleye, perch, steelhead trout and smallmouth bass, says Mark Winchell, executive director of the Ashtabula County Convention & Visitors Bureau. The steelhead fishing industry is a powerful force in Ashtabula County, as three of its main rivers make up the core of what is known as Steelhead (Left and opposite page) Fishing charters are popular in Lake County.

Alley. Most steelhead trout can be found in the fall and spring, Winchell says. “Really, we look at the charter industry and the steelhead fishing industry as a big economic driver,” he says. “I personally and professionally believe the fishing industry is something that absolutely sets us apart from some of our core competitors.” While steelhead trout is the main event, walleye is a popular catch among Ashtabula fishermen, as in Port Clinton and the Lake Erie Islands. Winchell refers to the area as a sport fishing destination for enthusiasts. “Really, there’s a national as well as an international clientele that are looking to the steelhead industry,” he says. “Lake Erie’s called the Walleye Capital of the World for a reason, and there’s no other place in the world you can go to catch specific record-breaking walleye like you can in Lake Erie. … It really sets us apart again from our competitors and creates that distinct advantage in sport fishermen coming here.” Lake County In Lake County, just 22 miles east of Cleveland, tourism is also driven by sport fishing. Walleye, steelhead trout and perch are commonly found by fishermen, and largemouth bass often pops up as well in the


area Robert Ulas, executive director of the Lake County Visitors Bureau, refers to as a “fishing mecca.” The area sees many visitors who come from out of town, particularly June through October. The charter captains available play an important role. “The charter captains here are topnotch,” Ulas says. “The charter captains … are very dedicated to ensuring their clients have an enjoyable trip and a productive trip in fishing.” Many people don’t realize there is much more to Lake Erie than its western end, but Lake County will “accom-

modate the most deserving fishermen” who make it a potential fishing destination for themselves, Ulas says. He recommends charter boats for the best fishing experience. “It’s a great fishing area that often goes unrecognized,” Ulas says. “People think Lake Erie ends at Cleveland, and it really extends to Lake County. … It’s a great place to relax and recreate.” cs Matthew Kent is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at


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Shaped by Natu Outdoor elements inspire ceramicist’s work By Sarah Sole


ature leaves its impression on Carol Snyder – and, in turn, on the ceramic pieces she creates. Each wheel-thrown piece is marked by imagery Snyder has seen outdoors: A tree line or cut corn stalks are evident in the ragged rim of a bowl, the pure, white porcelain the perfect backdrop for intricate patterns. The pieces marked by nature have ultimately left their mark on the local art arena. Snyder has received numerous awards, most recently Best of Show from the 2012 Upper Arlington Labor Day Arts Festival, Best of Show at the 2012 Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show and an Individual Artist Fellowship Award from the Greater Columbus Arts Council in 2011. Growing up, Snyder drew inspiration from mountains and trees, and when she moved to Columbus from the Washington, D.C. area to attend Columbus ColCracked

lege of Art and Design, she was surprised by the change in terrain. “I’ve really learned to appreciate and absolutely love the flat landscape we have here,” Snyder says. All her work is inspired by patterns in landscapes she sees, whether traveling or on her bike in the farm country that surrounds her Hilliard neighborhood. She records the imagery she sees with a camera, a sketchbook or just her own memory. She doesn’t aim to duplicate what she’s seen in her pieces. Rather, she wants to capture what she felt when out in nature. “Every season, there is something happening,” she says. Snyder wasn’t introduced to ceramics until college, where she quickly learned to love the peaceful, meditative act of using a potter’s wheel. After she discovered porcelain, she never returned to any other type of clay, admiring the way the medium reacts to light.

I’ve really learned to appreciate and absolutely

love the flat landscape we have here.

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Keeping her work very minimal, Snyder shies away from glazes and color, instead opting for carved patterns. Once the clay on the wheel gets to the right consistency, she carves, using little chisels or her husband’s screwdrivers. “I just pick up anything,” she says. Trimming the piece on the wheel, Snyder uses a homemade light table to see how the finished product will appear. In the clay’s “bone dry” stage, she is able to finely sand it, creating a smooth surface. Finished pieces are then high-fired in her kiln, taking about 11 hours to properly fire. The creative process takes a considerable amount of time. Every four months, Snyder creates about 10 new pieces, working in the evenings on a few pieces at a time after returning home from her parttime job as fairs coordinator for the Ohio Craft Museum and Ohio Designer Craftsmen, located in Grandview Heights.

re Above: Penton Grafton

Below: Tall Trees

Now that her 21-year-old son and 18-year-old daughter are grown, Snyder can more fully focus on her work. She ultimately wants her work in galleries; the past few years, she has been attending art shows and festivals. Still, attending fewer shows also gives Snyder the ability to devote more time to artistic experimentation. Her vessels are a play on proportion, with the free-standing pieces symbolizing ultimate balance. But Snyder is beginning to demand more from her media, starting to pierce and cut through the porcelain instead of just carving it. While most other clays withstand some push and pull, porcelain is less malleable, its pristine surface easily showing cracks from stress. “It remembers what you did,” Snyder says. Snyder is also playing with two-dimensional art, creating very thin wall pieces made of two or three overlapping, separate pieces of clay. As with her other pieces, she is inspired by natural images, such as a freshly plowed field. “When I look out, I see blocks of patterns or lines of some sort,” she says. cs Sarah Sole is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at Cut Corn

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Gallery Exhibits Ohio Craft Museum: Inspired! – works in clay, glass, metal and mixed media by 30 artists under the age of 35 who have Ohio connections – through Aug. 18. www.

MadLab.Gallery:.Young Artists Collective, works by central Ohio high schoolers, through Aug. 25 www.

High Road Gallery: Artists Select, works by the Watermedia Artists’ Group, through Aug. 24.

Canzani Center Gallery, Columbus College of Art and Design: Works by Leonardo Drew – known for his deeplycolored, large-scale installations – through Aug. 29.

King Arts Complex: Visual Voices: The African American Experience, works by African-American artists from Dayton and the Miami Valley, through Aug. 23. www. The Ohio State University Faculty Club: Ohio – New Paintings, plein air oil paintings by Jon Browning, through Aug. 23. Lindsay Gallery: Artifacts, paintings by Robert Falcone, through Aug. 24 www.

Keny Galleries: Montage of Works: Gallery Artists, a sampling of works from the gallery’s contemporary artists, through Aug. 30. Muse Gallery: A group show of new works by artists including Mel Rea and Glenn Doell through Aug. 31. Ohio Art League: MCE: Hijab, a member-curated exhibition by David King with participating artist Victoria Ahmadizadeh, from Aug. 1-30.          Studios on High Gallery: Double Dog Care, dog-themed grid-style paintings by Ruth Ann Mitchell and ceramics by Judy Holberg, from Aug. 1-31.

Riffe Gallery

Hammond.Harkins.Galleries:.Paul Hamilton at Martha’s Vineyard from Aug. 9-Sept. 14. Dublin Arts Council: emerging: a student art exhibition, artwork by Dublin City Schools K-12 students, from Aug. 13Sept. 13. Fisher Gallery, Otterbein University Roush Hall: By Implication, works on pa-

ROY G BIV Gallery: Works by Jackie Brown, Garry Noland and Kathleen Thum from Aug. 3-24. Terra Gallery: Work by Charles Rowland – featuring jazz scenes, European street scenes and country and seascape scenes – from Aug. 3-Sept. 29

Fisher Gallery

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German Village Meeting Haus: Watercolors by Carol Schar from Aug. 4-31.

Hammond Harkins Galleries

per by Donald Furst, from Aug. 26-Dec. 6. Decorative Arts Center of Ohio: Gorgeous Threads: A World of Textiles, globally produced textiles and fabrics that identify cultures, through Sept. 1. www.decarts Art Access Gallery: Places, still-lifes by Michael Drummond and sculptures by Shane Snider, through Sept. 4. Columbus Museum of Art: Surface Tension: The 2013 Greater Columbus Arts Council Visual Arts Awards Exhibition, works by the recipients of the 2012 GCAC Individual Artist Fellowship Awards, through Sept. 14. George Bellows and the American Experience from Aug. 23Jan. 4. Hayley.Gallery:.Off the. Beaten. Path. by Shannon. Godby through. Sept.. 19.

poetics of pattern Curated by Janice Lessman-Moss Kent State University

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Laurie Addis, Kent Gianna Commito, Kent Dragana Crnjak, Boardman Nancy Crow, Baltimore Kristine Donnelly, Cincinnati Robert Geyer, Bowling Green Susan Li O’Connor, Columbus Danielle Rante, Columbus Judith Salomon, Shaker Heights Douglas Sanderson, Cleveland Heights Audra Skuodas, Oberlin Casey Vogt, Akron Carly Witmer, Pleasant Hill

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LOBBY EXHIBITION | COVA’s PhotoVoice September 4–27, 2013 Participants share journeys of mental illness and recovery. Downtown Columbus Vern Riffe Center for Government & the Arts 77 S. High Street, First Floor

Douglas Sanderson, Image Arabesque #01 1, detail, 2010-2011, 79.75" x 36.25"

PM Gallery: Acrylic and mixed media work on paper by.Jean.Shooter through Sept. 29. Ohio Arts Council’s Riffe Gallery: Poetics of Pattern, works by 13 artists that reflect the many facets of pattern, through Oct. 6. www.riffe Terra Gallery

The Works: Mr. Jim: Growing Art in Our Community, highlighting the work of visual artist Jim Arter and his collaborative projects, through Oct. 12. www.

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events Picks&Previews

CityScene spotlights what to watch, what to watch for and what not to miss!

Steve Miller Band Aug. 1, 7 p.m. Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave. The classic rock group known for such hits as “The Joker” and “Take the Money and Run” performs at the Ohio State Fair. Actors’ Theatre presents The Beaux’ Stratagem Aug. 1-Sept. 1 Schiller Park, 1069 Jaeger St. The final entry in Actors’ Theatre’s 2013 Schiller Park performances is an adaptation of a classic Restoration comedy by George Farquhar. 28 cityscene • August 2013

Rhythm on the River Aug. 2-Sept. 6 Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Dr. Remaining performances this year include the Floorwalkers at Fashion Rocks Columbus on Aug. 2, Rusted Root on Aug. 16, McGuffey Lane on Aug. 23, BalletMet on Aug. 30 and Charlie Musselwhite on Sept. 6. ProMusica Summer Music Series Aug. 7, 8 p.m. Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St. The chamber orchestra’s summer series concludes with a free show at Franklin Park Conservatory..www.promusica

Dublin Irish Festival

Columbus Children’s Theatre presents Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. Aug. 7-18 Park Street Theatre, 512 Park St. This kid-directed musical follows the beloved Disney movie about Ariel the mermaid and her adventures under the sea. Pelotonia Aug. 9-11 Columbus Commons, 160 S. High St. The bike ride benefiting The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute is back for another year, with the longest route running from Columbus to Gambier and from Gambier to New Albany. Opening ceremonies are Aug. 9, and all rides begin Aug. 10. The Floorwalkers

TOTEM photo courtesy of OSA Images

CATCO presents The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Through Aug. 18 Studio One Theatre, Riffe Center, 77 S. High St. This musical, based on a book by Rachel Sheinkin, follows six adolescent overachievers who seek to achieve spelling bee dominance.

Dublin Irish Festival Aug. 2-4 Coffman Park, 5600 Post Rd., Dublin This year’s celebration of all things Irish features an Irish Authors’ Corner, the Highland.Heavyweight Games, hurling demonstrations, a music workshop, food, all manner of TOTEM Irish dance and performances by such musicians as Natalie MacMaster, the High Kings and the Red Hot Chilli Pipers. www.


The NASCAR Nationwide Series comes to Ohio for a race benefiting Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Cirque du Soleil presents TOTEM Aug. 22-Sept. 15 Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave. Cirque’s first big top production in Columbus since 2007 portrays the evolution-

ary progress of the human species. www. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Aug. 30, 9 p.m. Hollywood Casino Columbus, 200 Georgesville Rd. The swing band best known for its late 1990s hit “You and Me and the Bottle Makes 3 Tonight (Baby)” plays a free show at the casino’s o.h. lounge.

Festival Latino Aug. 10-11 Genoa Park, 303 W. Broad St. Dance, food, children’s activities, visual art and performances by musicians such as Diana Reyes and Ruben Blades highlight central Ohio’s celebration of all things Latino. Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 Aug. 16-17 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, 7721 Steam Corners Rd., Lexington Diana Reyes


Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Eternal love, enthralling magic, and the most celebrated roles in classical ballet performed by more than 45 dancers from BalletMet and the Cincinnati Ballet. OCTOBER 18-20, 2013 | OHIO THEATRE

THE FOUR SEASONS: AN EVENING WITH JAMES KUDELKA Presenting Sponsor: Nancy Strause The genius of choreographer James Kudelka is showcased in this program of contemporary classics including the company premiere of his critically acclaimed masterpiece, The Four Seasons, set to Vivaldi’s glorious score and requiring the entire complement of BalletMet dancers and trainees. NOVEMBER 8–16, 2013 | CAPITOL THEATRE


Lavish sets and costumes, and exquisite dancing make this a family holiday treat like no other. DECEMBER 12–24, 2013 | OHIO THEATRE


Design: Peebles Creative Group | Photography: Will Shively

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Interactive murder mystery enthusiasts have options in central Ohio By Brandon Klein


n Columbus, an evening of dinner and a mystery need not take place in front of the TV screen. How does one find these opportunities? Elementary, my dear reader. Cloak and Dagger Dinner Theatre Columbus’ oldest dinner theater company started in 1992 and currently resides at Shane’s Gourmet Catering near German Village. Its shows require light audience participation and are inspired by popular culture, with the menus themed to the shows. Cloak and Dagger operates Fridays and Saturdays. Currently, its Friday show is Spyballs: Death of a Secret Agent and its Saturday show is Mayhem at the 5 Aces Casino. Guests are given “sleuth sheets” to fill out with their theories as to the culprit, and the person who guesses correctly and gets the most details right wins a prize. “Everybody likes dinner theater,” says Artistic Director Steve Emerson. Mayhem & Mystery Interactive Dinner Theatre Attendees at Mayhem & Mystery’s Tuesday night outings are encouraged to Mayhem & Mystery

dress up, and any of them could play the victim or the culprit in the evening’s whodunit. Each show takes place at Spaghetti Warehouse in Franklinton. started in 1999 and writes six scripts per year. On the schedule now is Country Club Craze, running through Aug. 27. “I believe the more that patrons get involved, the more fun they seem to have,” says Artistic Director Tamra Francis. Creative Dramatics Chile Verde Café in northwest Columbus has been the home of Creative Dramatics since 2000. The company circulates five scripts per year. At each show, audience members are given cue cards that assign them tasks during parts of the show, keeping the action moving. The next show scheduled is Four Suspects at a Funeral Sept. 15. “It’s not Shakespeare, but it’s a great time,” says Artistic Director Michele Williams. Murder Mystery Company Though it’s the new kid in town, the national Murder Mystery Company has been in business since 2002, its shows currently taking place at the Morgan House in Dublin. Its mysteries ro-

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Above: Cloak and Dagger Below: Murder Mystery Company

tate every two months, though they vary slightly from night to night. “The same information is delivered each night, but in a different way,” says Vera Cremeans, the company’s Ohio director. In addition to actors, a few patrons are selected to play certain suspects in the shows, which take place Fridays and Saturdays. The current show is Wanted Dead or Alive, a western thriller. cs Brandon Klein is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

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The Painter’s Eye Featuring Tidying Up by Isabel Bishop


asked well-known Indianapolis art collector and gallery owner Greg Lucas to select a favorite painting from the vast collection of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, one of the largest art museums in the country. He chose Tidying Up (1941, oil on masonite, 15 by 11 2⁄3 inches) by Isabel Bishop (1902-1988). Along with Reginald Marsh (1898-1954) and Kenneth Hayes Miller (1876-1952), Bishop was part of a group of painters known as the “14th Street School.” These artists focused on life in New York and were especially active in the 1930s and 1940s. “What I like about it is that it is like a drawing in paint,” Lucas says. “Bishop painted a number of pieces that were about working women of her day – secretaries and shop girls doing ordinary things. It was a part of that whole movement to find things of beauty in the everyday.” Using a layered approach to oil painting based on the technical approach of the Flemish Masters, Bishop was able to fluidly model light and line at the same time. From her studio on Union Square, Bishop was a keen and sympathetic observer of this vibrant everyday world for more than 50 years. Her superb drawing skills carried over very naturally to printmaking, and Bishop is almost as well-known for her prints as for her subtle paintings. If you go to Indianapolis, you might want to visit the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, which has a very fine collection and an active exhibition schedule. cs

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Nationally renowned local artist Michael McEwan teaches painting and drawing classes at his Clintonville area studio.

© Isabel Bishop. Courtesy of the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

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